Why don't I ever see much talk about probability or statistics on here?
I know both of these areas are really employable. Are they just not sexy fields these days? I mean yeah, stat is applied and everyone who takes the intro course is unimpressed with how simple it is, but the upper levels of stat can be pretty damn interesting.
Dunno about anyone else, but stats is the one math course that's not required for my school's engineering program. Bizzarely.
Of course, being a fucking hopeless dweeb, I'll be taking it as an elective. But I wonder how many other STEM kiddies are.
Basic stat is easy, just a bunch of tedious math (think plugging 40 different results into one formula level of tedious, that is if the prof teaches you to do things by hand). The hardest part is remembering the difference between the various flavors of X (X, X hat, X bar, etc.). That said, it's really useful because it teaches you keys to understanding/interpreting statistics (stuff like confidence intervals, the power of a given analysis technique, etc.).
The upper level stuff is more interesting. You dive into more sophisticated analyses, much more of the underlying theory, techniques to increase analytical power through blending of techniques, and the like. It's kind of an intro to the research researcher field (guys who do nothing but look over research and look for ways to improve research techniques).
>Basic stat is easy [...] The hardest part is remembering the difference between the various flavors of X
Maybe in american uni's
>techniques to increase analytical power through blending of techniques
what the fuck are you talking about